Previewing West Virginia

NC State returns to action tonight against Juwan Staten and West Virginia. Here's a quick preview of the Mountaineers.


    G- 03 Juwan Staten (15.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
    G- 04 Daxter Miles, Jr. (7.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
    G- 00 Jaysean Paige (5.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
    F- 01 Jonathan Holton (11.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
    F- 05 Devin Williams (10.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

    Juwan Staten -- A dynamic talent, Staten is one of the top lead guards in the country. The 6'1 senior point guard leads the Moutaineers in scoring and assists.

    West Virginia Notables

    West Virginia and NC State are meeting for the 17th time in series play that began in 1946-47.

  • The Mountaineers have won the last four meetings to take a 9-7 series lead.

  • The two teams last met in the 2007 NIT quarterfinals in Morgantown with WVU winning 71-66. Earlier that season, they met in Charleston with the Mountaineers coming away with a 71-60 decisIon.

  • WVU also won at NC State, 82-69, in 2005 and in the NIT at NC State in 1997, 76-73.

  • The first meeting of the series took place on March 24, 1947, a 64-52 Wolfpack win at Madison Square Garden in the NIT.

  • The Mountaineers are 2-3 all-time against NC State on neutral courts.

  • Bob Huggins is 0-1 vs. NC State. Huggins’ Akron team lost at NC State, 87-67, on Nov. 28, 1988.

    The Mountaineers have won 16 of their last 25 games at Madison Square Garden. WVU is 31-44 all-time at MSG.

  • West Virginia has won 10 of its last 17 in games played in the state of New York.

  • WVU has won 11 of its last 14 games against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

  • Bob Huggins needs one more win to become the 14th Division I head coach to win 750 games.

  • Bob Huggins, with 749 career wins, is in 14th place on the NCAA Division I all-time winningest coaches list. Huggins became the 20th Division I head coach to win 700 career games. Huggins’ record now stands at 749-303 in his 33rd season as a head coach. He needs six more wins to tie Henry Iba for 13th place.

  • Bob Huggins is the third-winningest active Division I coach behind Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim.

  • Juwan Staten needs 17 more points to become WVU’s 49th 1,000-point scorer.

  • The Mountaineers have been ranked 31 weeks under Bob Huggins, including 18 weeks in the AP Top 10.

  • WVU was as high as No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the USA Today poll on Dec. 1 this season.

  • The Mountaineers have won 57 of their last 70 games in the month of December.

  • WVU is in a stretch of playing four games in 26 days and nine games in 47 days.

  • WVU leads the nation in steals (137), steals pg (13.7) and offensive rbs. (19.7. WVU is second in turnover margin (11.7).

  • WVU has outrebounded its opponents on the offensive glass -- 197 to 89 this season.

  • WVU has 137 steals this season and has forced its opponents to turn the ball over 230 times. The Mountaineers are averaging 26.6 points per game off turnovers this season.

  • WVU tied a school record with 26 steals vs. VMI. The Keydets set a school record by an opponent with 36 turnovers.

  • The Mountaineers have had single-digit turnovers in 25 of their last 43 contests.

  • WVU has five players ranked in the top 15 in steals per game in the BIg 12: Jonathan Holton (3rd, 2.0), Juwan Staten (4th, 1.9), Gary Browne (5th, 1.8), Tarik Phillip (7th, 1.7) and Jevon Carter (15th, 1.4).

  • Seventy-eight of Bob Huggins’ 159 West Virginia victories have been away from the WVU Coliseum.

  • West Virginia has made at least one 3-point field goal in 498 consecutive games. The last time WVU did not make a 3-point field goal was against Robert Morris on Nov. 27, 1999.

  • WVU has won 104 of its last 132 games against unranked teams, including 52 of its last 60 at the WVU Coliseum.

  • West Virginia is 76-23 in non-conference regular season games under Bob Huggins, including a 40-4 mark at home.

  • West Virginia is 107-29 against non-conference teams in regular season games in the last 11 seasons.

  • WVU has won 88 of its last 111 non-conference games and 93 of its last 117 non-league contests (includes postseason).

  • Juwan Staten was named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Player of the Year and to numerous All-America teams.

  • Staten has had five assists or more in 25 of his last 43 outings, with one turnover or less 22 times during that span.

  • Staten has scored 14 points or more in 30 of his last 35 games.

  • Staten was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off after leading WVU to victories over George Mason, BC and UConn.

  • Devin Williams opened the season with three double-doubles and now shows 11 for his career. He also has 12 career double-figure rebounding performances. Williams leads the Big 12 in double-doubles this season.

  • Williams was named to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off All-Tournament Team in November.

  • Jonathan Holton was named to the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 24 and then again on Dec. 1.

  • Jevon Carter’s 28 points against VMI were three points shy of tying the WVU school record for points by a freshman.

  • West Virginia has allowed its opponent to shoot 50 percent or better only 37 times under Bob Huggins (251 games).

  • West Virginia has won 74 of its last 84 games when holding its opponents to 69 points or less.

  • West Virginia is 45-3 under Bob Huggins when shooting 50 percent or better from the field.

  • West Virginia is 119-24 under Bob Huggins when leading at halftime.

  • West Virginia is 125-14 under Bob Huggins when leading by 10 or more points in a game.

  • West Virginia is 113-9 under Bob Huggins when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent.

  • The Mountaineers are 111-21 under Bob Huggins when scoring 70 or more points in a game.

  • West Virginia is 117-27 under Bob Huggins when outrebounding its opponent.

  • The Mountaineers own a 1,660-1,041 all-time record in intercollegiate basketball competition, ranking the Mountaineers 25th among all Division I schools.

  • West Virginia’s basketball staff has 63 years of Division I head coaching experience.

  • West Virginia is 13-3 all-time on Dec. 20. The Mountaineers are 373-158 all-time in December.

    West Virginia athletics contributed to this report.

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